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First off, shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) is also called asparagus, but it is not the same as the vegetable (Asparagus officinalis) you’re likely familiar with – same genus, different species.
Shatavari holds great value in the ayurvedic universe because of its versatile reach in the body, owing most of its benefits to a group of compounds called steroidal saponins. Pigment compounds called flavonoids also pull their weight.
The roots of the plant store most of these chemicals and are, hence, the most health-promoting part of the plant.
Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa) very tactfully focuses on three important facets of your health – your immunity, your blood glucose, and your liver function. All of its goodness is hidden away in its unassuming leaves and roots. Here’s a snapshot of the beneficial chemicals they harbor:
As you can tell from the names, purnavarine and punarnavoside have grabbed the most attention from white coats, and rightfully so! The boeravinones aren’t too far behind either.
Well deserving of the title “The Queen of Herbs,” holy basil or tulsi is quite the multi-tasker in the health department. You’ll reap the most benefits if you’re patient with it – noticing that you fall sick less often and tire less easily. But there’s no denying that you may also feel instantly energized after a single cup of holy basil tea.
The mojo is in the leaves, more specifically the oil of the leaves.
The fresh burst of flavor typically delivered by fennel seeds can be accredited to a compound called anethole – also found in anise and licorice. Anethole is health promoting and together with other compounds, brings a range of benefits to the table, quite literally.
The seeds render most of the benefits, so they’re what you should stock up on.
Why It’s So Great 1. Promotes Digestive Health Digestive distress can often be traced back to menacing molecules called free radicals.